RIO DEL MAR, Puerto Rico – The eighth-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team is in third place with two players in the top-10 after first round action at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic at Rio Del Mar Country Club Sunday.
Arkansas posted a one-over 289, six strokes back of Georgia and Texas Tech who are tied for the lead with five-under 283. Senior Regina Plasencia and sophomore Alana Uriell are tied for sixth overall with one-under 71s in the first round. Newcomer freshman Maria Fassi is tied for 12th in her first collegiate event with an even par 72 followed by junior Summar Roachell and freshman Cara Gorlei who are tied for 40th overall shooting 75. Jordy LaBarbera, playing as an individual, is tied for 65th with a 78.
Plasencia opened play with five consecutive par holes before posting a one-under three on the par-four sixth hole on the front side. She gave the stroke back with a bogey on the eighth hole and turned even. The Guadalajara, Mexico, native went birdie, par, bogey, birdie to open the second nine and move to one-under. She finished the round strong with five consecutive par holes to finish with a 71.
Uriell made her move on the front nine. She had two bogeys and three birdies in the final six holes before the turn to move to one-under. She played the back nine even to tie Plasencia as the Razorback leaders after the first round.
Fassi, who graduated high school in December and joined the Razorbacks for the spring semester, played well in her first collegiate event with an even-par 72. Her round featured four birdies, two bogies and a double putting her in a tie for 12th overall.
The Razorbacks are just six back of the leaders who are in the clubhouse with 283. Arkansas hosts a one-shot lead over Northwestern and North Carolina State rounding out the top five.
This is the first event of the fall for Arkansas and play continues through Tuesday in Puerto Rico.
T1 No. 5/8 Georgia 283 -5
T1 No. 25/26 Texas Tech 283 -5
3 No. 8/3 Arkansas 289 +1
T4 No. 6/5 Northwestern 290 +2
T4 No. 27/30 NC State 290 +2
6 No. 9/7 Kent State 293 +5
T7 No. 18/16 Iowa State 294 +6
T7 No. 29/32 Louisville 294 +6
9 No. 49/53 Augusta University 296 +8
10 No. 45/49 TCU 299 +11
T11 No. 117/125 Maryland 302 +14
T11 No. 40/41 Michigan 302 +14
T11 No. 19/24 Purdue 302 +14
14 No. 28/27 Clemson 304 +16
15 No. 61/57 Auburn 305 +17
16 No. 70/66 Indiana 307 +19
T6. Regina Plasencia 71 -1
T6. Alana Uriell 71 -1
T12. Maria Fassi 72 E
T40. Summar Roachell 75 +3
T40. Cara Gorlei 75 +3
T65. Jordy LaBarbera (Ind.) 78 +6
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